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Silent Sunday: Learning to Ski at Winter Park

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.30, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Sarah Wieck, Winter Park Resort

Sarah Wieck, Winter Park Resort

Guess who’s going to be a racer some day?

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Get Down to Telluride, a Classic Colorado Mountain Town

by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.29, 2014, under Colorado Events, Colorado Skiing, Resorts

Telluride 2014 MTGD logoSpring is in the air and the end of the ski season at Telluride Ski Resort is nearing. To celebrate the spectacular 2013-2014 ski season, a litany of activities are scheduled  to send this season off with a bang. Below is a schedule of upcoming events.

Mountain Town Get Down March 28-30:

Telluride is proud to announce the debut of the Mountain Town Get Down 2014. This new event will fill the resort with free live music, 3-days of partying and spring skiing. The party kicks-off Friday at Tomboy Tavern. On Saturday, the Village will jump and jam with free music in the Mountain Village Plaza. The weekend festivities will wrap-up with the Bikini Slalom and Luau at Gorrono Ranch on Sunday. Mark your calendar and get ready to celebrate an incredible season.

Friday, March 28 – Tomboy Tavern

-4:00pm-7:00pm- Lily Von Shtupp

    Saturday, March 29 – Mountain Village Core

    -1:00pm-2:00pm- TriCo
    -2:30pm-4:00pm- See-I
    -4:30pm-6:15pm- John Brown’s Body

      Sunday, March 30 – Gorrono Ranch

      -All Day- Luau at Gorrono Ranch with Pig Roast
      -12:30pm-1:30pm- Bikini Slalom (sign up at the top of bikini slalom course)
      -1:30pm-4:30pm- Bredren

      7:00pm- New Belgium Cruiser Giveaway at Tomboy Tavern (must be present to win)

        One to One Card Board Sled Derby

        March 29th on the Nastar Course at 10:30am. For information, call 970-728-0885

        The goals of the One to One Mentor Programs are to empower youth to achieve their social, emotional, and academic potential. This fundraiser is a great entertainment and opportunity to help the kids of San Miguel County.

        The Fools Relay Race, April 1 – Base of Lift 4, 5:30 pm

        -Teams of 4 to compete in relay race of skiing uphill, sledding, fat tire bike course and ducking ropes obstacle course
        -Prizes from Icelantic Skis, Zeal Optics, Osprey Pack, Ibex Wool and more!

        Closing Day Party and Pond Skim April 6:

        -1:30pm-3:30pm- Pond Skim
        -All Day: Party at Gorrono

          Skiing on water for prizes like Icelantic Skis, Osprey Packs and ZEAL Optics eyewear, dancing to DJ Soulatomic with all your friends and general end of season revelry will be the focus for this last day of the ski season. It’ll be so much fun, you won’t want the DJ or chair lifts to stop spinning!

          One Roof Blues, April 6th at Tomboy Tavern


          Steeped in the tradition of a classic blues stylist, One Roof Blues has its roots firmly grounded with a Mississippi Delta sound. What initially began as a husband-wife acoustic duo, with Dave and Taylor Larocco, quickly became popular throughout Durango and the 4 Corners area. The sultry tone of Taylor’s vocals blend seamlessly with the swampy bottleneck slide of Dave’s 1934 National Resonator guitar. For more information, visit

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          Colorado Ski Country Celebrates Spring Break with Fresh Powder

          by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.27, 2014, under General

          3-27 CBMR Tom Stillo Wendy Fisher

          Athlete: Wendy Fisher; Photo by Tom Stillo, Crested Butte Mountain Resort

          A fast-moving band of storms covered Colorado’s high country in fresh snow last night, delivering powder skiing and snowboarding conditions to Colorado Ski Country USA (CSCUSA) resorts and their guests. Overnight, CSCUSA resorts recorded an average of 7 inches of new snow and two resorts welcomed a foot or more of fresh powder, the perfect treat for families enjoying spring break in Colorado’s high country.

          Resorts in the southwest of Colorado fared particularly well, as skiers and riders at Crested Butte celebrated 14 inches of new snow. Silverton recorded 12 inches of powder, Monarch saw 10 inches, Wolf Creek and Telluride each measured 9 inches, and Durango Mountain Resort saw 7 inches.

          The Aspen/Snowmass resorts welcomed a blanket of fresh powder, as Snowmass recorded 9 inches of new snow, Aspen Highlands and Aspen Mountain each measured 7 inches of new snow, and Buttermilk saw 6 inches.

          Along the Interstate 70 corridor, Loveland saw 8 inches of new snow, Ski Cooper received 7 inches, Arapahoe Basin and Sunlight each measured 6 inches, and Copper Mountain and Powderhorn saw 5 inches.

          Further north, Winter Park received 3.5 inches of powder, Steamboat and Eldora each welcomed 3 inches, and Ski Granby Ranch recorded 1 inch of new snow.

          Spring skiing is in full force across Colorado Ski Country with sunny skies and great snow conditions. Strong base snow depths and more snow in the forecast bode well for skiers and snowboarders through March and into April.

          Knowing how to ski safely in spring conditions is essential to having a fun day out in the powder. Visit for helpful tips and to learn Your Responsibility Code, the list of best practices to ensure your safety on the mountain.

          Keep up to date on snowfall totals with the CSCUSA snow report updated by the resorts themselves:

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          Spring Specials and Early Pass Sales Abound in Colorado Ski Country

          by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.25, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

          Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

          Jeremy Swanson, Aspen/Snowmass

          As we begin to leave our heaviest layers in the parking lot, don sunglasses, and wear more sunblock on the slopes Colorado Ski Country USA resorts are celebrating the beginning of spring by offering skiers and riders the best spring specials and 2014-15 season pass deals available. Many of them have deadlines that are approaching fast, so make sure to lock in those passes before the savings are gone.

          Listed below are the promotional deals, starting with spring passes, and ending with next season’s lowest pass prices.

          Spring Specials:

          Winter Park

          Spring Break Pass

          -Four tickets can be used over six consecutive days between 2/28 and 4/6: $299

          Winter Park Triple Play

          -Three days of April skiing at Winter Park: $119

          **Valid April 1st to April 20th, 2014.

          Double Dip

          -Unlimited April skiing at Winter Park and Steamboat: $179


          Springalicious Pass

          -Any three days of April skiing or riding at Steamboat: $109.

          **Valid April 1 through April 13.

          2014-15 Season Passes:


          Super Value Pass

          -Season pass for $269

          -Valid for the remainder of the 2013-14 season and the 2014-15 season


          2014-15 Season Pass

          -Adult (18-69): $999
          -Teen (13-17): $549
          -Child (6-12): $319
          -Senior (70+): $449
          -College (Full-time): $519
          -Child (5 & under): $30
          -Night Add-on: $59
          -Night only season pass: $199
          -Winter Park Upgrade: $100
          -1st Tracks direct-to-lift season pass: $319
          The 1st tracks pass is for special admittance to board the gondola between 8-8:15am to the Sunshine and Priest Creek area.
          Qualifying Steamboat Season Passes will include $250 in Intrawest Snow Bucks for use on lift tickets and Intrawest owned or managed lodging at another Intrawest resort during the 2014/15 season.
          When a parent, grandparent or legal guardian purchases an unrestricted adult Steamboat Season Pass, one child (12 & under) will receive a free child season pass

          ** Prices subject to change after June 2nd

          2014-15 Steamboat 6 & 15 Pass

          -6 pass: $439 (purchase by 4/14/14) or $489 (purchase by 6/2/14)
          -15 pass: $779 (purchase by 6/2)
          -6 pass add-on days: $55 (purchase by 6/2)
          -15 pass add-on days: $45 (purchase by 6/2)

          Copper Mountain

          2014-15 Season Pass

          Season Pass includes 3 Free days at Killington Ski Resort, VT, Park City Mountain Resort, UT, Las Vegas Ski and Snowboard Resort, NV, Boreal Mountain Resort, CA, Mt. Bachelor Resort, OR receive 1 Free Copper Mountain lift ticket when you renew your season pass. Free lift ticket is valid October 31st through December 21st, 2014. (Perk not valid on 5 & under passes.)

          -Adult (18-64): $389
          -Teen (13-17): $299
          -Child (6-12): $209
          -Senior (65+): $279

          Secret! Season Pass

          -Adult: $489
          -Teen: $399
          -Child: $309

          Secret! Season Pass Benefits:
          The Secret! Season Pass gets you on the mountain 15 minutes before everyone else and there’s a dedicated lift line so you can bypass any linesDedicated lift line access on the following lifts: American Eagle, American Flyer, Super Bee, Timberline Express, and the Union Creek Quad

          Includes all benefits of regular Copper 2014-15 season pass

          **Prices subject to change after April 13th


          2014-15 Season Passes

          Full Season Pass

          -Adult (Ages 18-64): $410

          -Youth (Ages 13-17): $309
          -Junior (Ages 7-12): $200
          -Child (Ages 6 & under): $79
          -Senior (Ages 65-74): $339
          -75 Plus: $79
          -Corporate: $1,295
          -College & Military passes will be available during Fall season pass sales

          Midweek Season Pass

          -Adult: $325
          -Youth: $256
          -Junior: $169
          -Senior: $269

          Family Season Pass-10% off
          -Adult: $369
          -Youth: $278
          -Junior: $180
          -Senior: $71

          **prices subject to change after April 20th

          Bundled Resort Packages

          2014-15 Mountain Collective Pass

          -Includes two days of skiing or riding at each of the six destinations – AltaSnowbird, Aspen/Snowmass, Jackson Hole, Mammoth Mountain, Squaw Valley/Alpine Meadows and Whistler –Blackcomb – plus a 50 percent discount on all additional days with no blackout dates
          -A limited number of Mountain Collective passes are on sale for $359 USD, and will include a third bonus day at any Mountain Collective resort when purchased today
          -Kid’s pass reduced to $99 for the 2014-2015 season.
          -Spring pass purchasers receive two free days at Valle Nevado, Chile and Thredbo, Australia this summer
          -Passholders receive exclusive lodging deals throughout the season

          **Prices/availability subject to change while supplies last

          Rocky Mountain Super Pass Plus

          -Adult season pass: $439
          -College and teen: $349
          -Children 6-12 : $239
          -Children 5 and under: $30.
          -Includes unlimited skiing at Winter Park and Copper, six unrestricted days at Steamboat, and three unrestricted days at Crested Butte.
          -Those who purchase before April 15 will be able to lock in the lowest guaranteed price for $49 down while enjoying scores of additional benefits such as 20 discounted Friends & Family Tickets at Winter Park and Copper.

          Active and retired military members and their dependents are eligible to receive additional savings with the Patriot Pass for $339.

          **Prices subject to change April 14th

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          Sherpa Smartphone App Brings the Future of Skiing to Copper Mountain

          by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.23, 2014, under General

          sherpa_handBy Dan Rabin

          Dan Rabin is a Boulder-based freelance writer and author of the upcoming guidebook, Colorado Breweries, scheduled for release in May 2014.

          For those of us who cut our first turns donned in lace-up ski boots and wooden skis with cable bindings, the age of smartphones sometimes feels like living in a science fiction movie. Mostly, this is a good thing. Like many, my smartphone is increasingly populated with apps ranging from fun to practical to futuristic. A welcome new addition to my app collection is called Sherpa, and it possesses all of these qualities. (continue reading…)

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          Silent Saturday: Buttermilk’s Double Halfpipe Under the Stars

          by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.22, 2014, under General

          Vital Films, Aspen/Snowmass

          Vital Films, Aspen/Snowmass

          For more information on the Red Bull Double Pipe, see

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          Bring on Spring at Copper Mountain

          by Colorado Snow Sensei on Mar.21, 2014, under Colorado Skiing, Resorts

          Kristen Lummis, Copper Mountain

          Kristen Lummis, Copper Mountain

          By Kristen Lummis,

          My calendar says that spring starts on March 20th. But, I know differently. Spring started on March 9th, at Copper Mountain.

          Snow and Sun

          As I’m sure you know, it’s been snowing– a lot. In fact, about a foot of fresh snow fell that weekend, from Friday to Saturday, providing amazing mid-winter conditions across Colorado. And then, just as surely as we all had to change our clocks on Sunday morning, we sprang ahead, not just in time, but also in temperature and season. Spring arrived on Sunday, with stunning blue skies, a late rising sun, and, by afternoon, amazing sun-softened conditions. (continue reading…)

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